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Public meeting held for SR19 Roundabout proposal

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A change is on the horizon for some major Elkhart County roadways.  A roundabout is proposed for the intersection of State Road 19, State Road 119, and County Road 44.

Wednesday night INDOT held a public meeting about the plan.  Over 50 people showed up to learn what it's all about.

Chuck Fewell was one of those people, he has owned Mike's Fencing for 13 years.  The business is located at the intersection of State Road 19, State Road 119, and County Road 44.  Fewell said when he first bought the business it was a dangerous intersection.  "There were a lot of accidents there."

A traffic light was installed at the intersection in 2005.  Fewell said that improved things.  "It's slowed a lot of people down and made it nice, safer."

INDOT said a roundabout will improve conditions in the area even more.  In their presentation, they said a roundabout will clean up the intersection and reduce rear end and right angle crashes there.

INDOT Project Manager Susan Doell said there will be some interruptions while the project is underway, but it'll only last one construction season.  "We're shifting the road away from SR19 for the most part we are gonna keep SR19 open.  SR119 will be closed for part of the project as well as CR44 at a different time."

She said they have received some concerns about the roundabout, "people have concerns about the large trucks that go through this area, we've had concerns about buses."  Doell said that won't be a problem.  At the meeting INDOT even presented video to show how those types of vehicles will navigate a roundabout.

Others at the meeting were concerned a roundabout would really slow down traffic.  Doell said, not so.  "People won't have to usually come to a complete stop...they'll be able to just drive through."

This project is still in the early phases so drivers won't see any changes to this intersection anytime soon.  If everything goes as planned construction won't begin until 2015.

INDOT said they will take all public comment and concerns into consideration.  They would like all comments by September 12th, 2013.  If you'd like to share anything  you can email them to rclarck@indot.in.gov or NEinformation@indot.in.gov.  You can also call them in at 1-866-227-3555.  And you can mail your comments to Indiana Department of Transportation's Office of Public Involvement, Attn: Rickie Clark, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N642, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.

If you'd like more information about the project click here.

 

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